About 120 graduates are expected to participate in Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell’s 72nd Commencement Convocation on Thursday at the ENMU-Roswell Performing Arts Center, 64 University Blvd.
Two ceremonies will be held. The 5:30 p.m. ceremony will recognize graduation candidates in the Arts and Sciences and Technical Education programs, in addition to bachelor’s and master’s degree candidates from ENMU in Portales.
The 7:30 p.m. ceremony will recognize graduation candidates in the Health Education programs. The commencement speaker will be Shaina Roye, a candidate for graduation who will be receiving an Associate of Applied Science degree in Paramedic.
Born and raised in Hobbs, Roye knew she had a love for the medical field but wasn’t sure what career path to take. Together with her sister at first, she decided to begin the Emergency Medical Services Basic program offered through ENMU-R in the fall of 2015. She said she made the decision easily knowing she had the support of her parents, who continue to help her care for her son, Jericho, who was 5 years old at that time.
After completing EMS Basic, she applied for the Paramedic cohort class in Clovis. She was accepted into the program in the fall of 2018. She drove from Hobbs to Clovis three days a week and was determined to complete the program.
“It was reassuring knowing that our instructors were available to help, taking the time to explain concepts and encouraging students to always strive for excellence,” Roye said.
Roye, now 31, will graduate with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Paramedic. “It’s challenging, super rewarding, and fulfilling,” she said. She recently completed an internship in Carlsbad and will take her final skills test to receive licensure. She hopes to find a job with an EMS service in eastern New Mexico or even across the border in Texas.
Roye is glad she made the decision to enroll at ENMU-R. She said she enjoys helping people and would like to advance even more in the EMS field but is keeping her options open because the medical field has so many opportunities to help others.
She has continued to work in a coffee shop on a part-time basis, but now has multiple career possibilities to support a good life with Jericho, who just turned 9. “It was a short-term sacrifice for long-term goals. It was worth it because I want to show my son that I can succeed. The sky’s the limit and I’m open to what comes my way,” she said.